Abby beat Langley 6-3 on Friday at MSA arena.

Pilots rise to first in division

Abbotsford junior B hockey team has gone eight games without being defeated in regulation.

November was a good month for the Pilots

The Junior B hockey team are undefeated in regulation over the last eight games, have finally reclaimed two of their top forwards back into the roster, and are flooding the stat-sheet with goals.Their exploits have catapulted the Pilots into first in the Harold Brittain Conference of the Pacific Junior Hockey League with a 13-9-2 record.

“The guys are working hard and committing to what our team is all about,” said coach Jim Cowden, who is still missing two more top-six forwards to injury. “Guys are stepping up. It doesn’t matter who we have on the ice.”

Last week, the Pilots were 2-0-1, beginning with a 5-4 double overtime loss to the Aldergrove Kodiaks, before victories the Langley Knights 6-3 and the Ridge Meadows Flames 5-2. The Pilots were perhaps most impressive in the second and third periods of their loss to the Kodiaks, in which they came back from a 4-1 first period deficit to tie the game.

Forward Kolten Grieve put up eight points for the Pilots over the three-game span (four goals, four assists), while newly-returned Colton Cowden had a goal and three assists.

“Kolten Grieve, in my opinion, is the best forward in the league,” said coach Cowden.

The Pilots will have a chance for revenge against the Kodiaks Friday at the MSA Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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